Barns can be addicting….seriously. They are these structures that hold an amazing amount of potential….a big empty space…..a blank canvas….interior walls that are moveable and forever interchangeable. The older the better. They hold a history of past lives from a simpler time. They protect and grow the very animals that sustain those of whom share the soil from which their sustenance grows. Mud stained wooden walls point to where animals lived….they are a thing of beauty. Our main barn was probably built in the late 80’s…not terribly old, but still holds a history. I feel it….I think about it every time I walk into it….the evidence is clear.
Tony is our resident builder. He, amazingly, takes pieces of wood, measures, cuts, and nails them all together. He places each piece of the puzzle squarely in place….and it fits! He is so multi-talented, I think he can do anything…..Tony for President!!! Do you think I’m kidding?? Not at all….this country could use someone in the white house who understands a few callouses on your hands and dirt under your nails is good and healthy. No more politicians running this country….let’s get true, working Americans into those offices!! Okay, off my soapbox…..back to barns.
Question…does size matter when it comes to building a barn?? Seriously, how do you determine if a structure is a shed, a little house, a coop, or a small barn? Is there a standard dimension that says this is a chicken house, rather than this is a chicken barn? How about a goat house vs. a goat barn? It’s a dilemma, it truly is. I want to get the verbiage right, and sometimes in one sentence I will call an enclosure a house, a coop, and a barn….never really knowing what the heck is right. I mean….I don’t want to sound like a rookie….a farm rookie, but I so am!!
So Tony recently, over the last few months, built a barn to add to his collection, starting with the starter hen house that doubled as the kid’s (goat kids not people kids) first home, graduating to a larger chicken house. The hoofed trio had rather cramped quarters this past winter, and now that the sun is out more often, they not only get to stretch their legs outside, but inside as well.
As the barn was being raised, I offered a different use for the new, solid structure. I mean, really, do a bunch of goats truly need such a beautifully constructed building. They will poop and pee in it…they will ram the walls, walk in with muddy feet, and cause much mayhem within those walls. I, on the other hand, could design a beautiful guest cabin with a structure like that. Heck…it even has a loft!!
Think of the potential!! But alas, the little herd won out….and rightly so – I – guess! Look at me, jealous of a goat…or three in this case. But it’s a really beautiful little barn.
Since the picture above, Tony added two window cut outs covered by wire mesh along that wall for better ventilation.
I think it needs a good coat of paint…what color would you paint it?
Once the goats are in pasture, we can open that gate on the left all the way to the poles on the right blocking out the herd. Very beneficial for cleaning without three sets of horns trying to participate. Goats are like dogs in a lot of ways, but in other ways, they are all goat….big, undisciplined, obnoxious goats that like attention and treats…and if you don’t offer it to them, they will take it…one way or another! At the same time, they are incredibly lovable!
They are definitely good little Whethers!!
Lots going on…it’s that time of year. Thank you for visiting today!!
Your friend from Oregon,